Health Benefits of Tea
Tea was originally used as a medicine in China. Although it is also consumed for relaxation, contemplation, and flavor, there are many studies demonstrating and validating the health benefits of tea.
With each cup of our tea, you are getting more than soothing exceptional flavor. Western science is finally catching up to what the Chinese have known for centuries - that tea, white tea especially, offers numerous and significant health benefits. Known for it's powerful disease fighting antioxidants, tea offers an array of other benefits to the body. From a metabolism booster to a wrinkle-fighter, research has shown that tea serves as both an effective health enhancer and an anti-aging ally.
From internal to external, the believed health benefits of tea are far-ranging and include:
- Protection against cancer
- Lowers cholesterol
- Weight loss
- Stimulates immune system
- Helps reduce risk of inflammation
- Reduces tendency for blood clotting
- Helps regulate blood sugar
- Helps regulate insulin levels
- Helps fight mental fatigue
- Delays onset of atherosclerosis
- Good for asthma
- Possibly helps prevent enlarged prostate
- Improve sleep quality
The basic differences in appearance, flavor, and heath benefits between white, green, and black (referred to as red tea in China) tea come from the difference in ways that they are naturally processed.
Generally speaking, because white tea is the least processed of all teas, it retains most of the active compounds that benefit health. Green tea is the second least processed, followed by Wu-long, and then red (black) tea.
What makes tea so good for you?
Tea contains a number of active compounds, including EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), quercetin, kaempferol, chlorogenic acid, theanine, theobromine and theophylline, all which offer different benefits in terms of health.
Of great interest to scientists are the catechins (EGCG), which may reduce stroke, heart failure, cancer, and diabetes. Green tea contains approximately 30 percent catechins, and amounts are even higher in white tea. The lowest levels are in black tea.
For more details about how tea benefits health, read on…
White tea is the most abundant in polyphenols. Green tea is the second highest in terms of containing polyphenols; However, wu-long tea and black tea also contain polyphenols. High quality wu-long or black may contain more polyphenols than low quality green.
Polyphenols, which are beneficial as an antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and all-around health promoter, are found in tea. They help to reduce free radicals, which are known to damage cells and possibly lead to things such as heart disease and cancer.
EGCG in White and green tea are potent against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer, such as colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancers according to some studies. Another class of antioxidant, flavanoids, have been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones.
In some studies, EGCG in tea has been shown to relax arteries, thereby improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. Some studies suggest that EGCG in tea not only relaxes arteries, it also makes arteries more elastic and younger. Tea also works to protect the entire circulatory system as it thins the blood which lowers blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.
Research has shown regular tea drinkers to have stronger bones with greater bone density as compared to non-drinkers. This lends itself to the belief that tea could prove beneficial to those suffering from osteoporosis and arthritis.
Tea's collection of antioxidants help strengthen your entire immune system, in turn helping you fight off bacterial and viral attackers like the common cold and flu, amongst others.
Free radicals can damage your skin, causing wrinkles and premature aging. Tea's antioxidant cocktail helps fight the free radicals, protecting your skin's health and appearance.
Most people associate wulong (oolong) and green tea with weight loss. This association remains true, but because white tea is the least processed and therefore retains the most antioxidants and natural compounds, white tea has taken its place among the heavy hitters in aiding weight loss.
White tea and green tea's affect on weight loss is derived in a couple different ways.
First, the polyphenols activate an enzyme responsible for dissolving excess triglycerides in your body, which are an energy source your liver produces as it synthesizes food. Excess triglycerides can creates problem because they are typically stored as fat in the body, so in this manner the polyphenols work on the issue at its source.
Second, EGCG in tea has been shown to stimulate metabolism. Combined with tea's caffeine the EGCG stimulates your system causing fat to be released into the body for fuel. This further burns fat while also creating extra energy.
Caffeine alone can burn fat, but research has shown the addition of EGCG to greatly increase the effect. Tea's relatively low caffeine content also provides enough for the aforementioned positive effect without the jittery side effects.
… And Many More
Tea's ability to increase energy and alleviate stress can help support an active lifestyle that, combined with a healthy overall diet, can help maintain your fitness for the long haul.
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PLEASE NOTE: All information presented above is for informational purpose only. This information is generic and not specific medical advice for any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.